SJPPPA Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

SJPPPA accepts the responsibilities associated with vetting and reviewing of articles submitted by authors. SJPPPA  is a peer-reviewed journal and publicly declares such type of journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. Therefore, the following standards are practiced.

Duties of Publisher

The main duty of the publisher is recognising the huge efforts made by SJPPPA journal editors and peer reviewers that maintain the integrity of the scholarly record. A duty of the publisher is supporting, investing and nurturing role in the scholarly communication process. This includes the issue of plagiarism and malpractice.

Plagiarism is defined as:

when one author uses another work (typically the work of another author) without permission, credit, or acknowledgment. This includes the literal copying to paraphrasing the work of another.

Malpractice is defined as:

improper, illegal, or negligent professional behaviour.

SJPPPA accepts responsibility for ensuring best practices are followed.

Duties of Editors

The duty of editors of the SJPPPA journal is being responsible for deciding which articles to publish and ensuring validation of the submitted work. To this end, the editors are guided by the policies of the SJPPPA editorial board and are constrained by legal requirements on issues such as libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors shall safeguard the integrity of the published record. The editors will do this by reviewing and assessing reported or suspected misconduct. Any convincing evidence of misconduct will result in a prompt publication of a correction or retraction or other relevant action to the record.

Additionally, the editors will make appropriate effort to detect any misconduct, such as plagiarism. SJPPPA follows the full and detailed definition, corrective action, and suitable punishments outlined on the Elsevier webpage on plagiarism and malpractice: